Ali Wolff and Caya Gallop to Glory in $35,000 1.45m Horseware® Ireland Speed Stake CSI 4*.

Ali Wolff and Caya in their presentation ceremony with Maddy Stover of TIEC. (Photo © LizCrawleyPhotography)


Ali Wolff (USA) and Caya dominated in today’s $35,000 1.45m Horseware® Ireland Speed Stake CSI4* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), exemplifying speed and agility with a remarkable time of 61.42 seconds.Trailing not far behind Wolff and earning second place honors was Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Famoso D Ive Z with a time of 62.81 seconds, also winners this week in the $35,000 Horseware® Ireland Opener CSI 4* earlier in the week. Third place was awarded to Todd Minikus (USA) and his mount, I Am Nala, with a time of 63.95 seconds. Competition continues throughout the weekend highlighting the $216,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI 4*, which will take place on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Wolff and Caya (Carolous I x Lancer II) have been partners for almost four years, growing together as a team since she took over the ride. Wolff consistently showed Caya in the high amateur classes and brought home multiple wins. During their campaign, the numerous and accumulating wins led Wolff and her team to the decision to step Caya up to the FEI level.

Wolff was determined to secure yet another victory, stating, “I was going for it. I did not care if I had a rail or not, I was tired of being third, fourth, and fifth. I was either going to go for it or I was going to have a rail trying.”

Wolff went on to elaborate about the specific track she chose set by Manuel Esparza (MEX) that ultimately granted her the victory. She commented, “What helped the most was going inside the double combination towards the end of the course. I also snuck inside after the Horseware® Ireland oxer, where many competitors went around to approach the double verticals. I think that shaved off a significant amount of time.”

Along with impressive inside turns, Wolff touched on her horse’s athletic abilities. Wolff believes that Caya’s talent shines in the speed classes as the mare is quick off of her feet and very adjustable around courses, especially those that offer multiple tracks and opportunities.

“Caya is a speed demon. She is so naturally speedy and fast across the ground that I can rely on this a little bit to decrease our time,” said Wolff. “Caya goes the same everyday. She is one of my most reliable horses and she is always game for anything.”

This is Wolff’s first victory at TIEC this season and it came at the right time, as the rising star for the United States has found herself in every position but the winner’s so far during her time at the venue. Wolff and team will stay to contest the remainder of competition this week, as well as for the CSI 4* to be hosted next week.

Final Results $35,000 Horseware Ireland Speed Stake CSI 4*

1. CAYA, 2006 Holsteiner mare by Carolus I x Lancer II
ALI WOLFF (USA), Ali Wolff and John Wolff: 0/62.42

2. FAMOSO D IVE Z, 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Chin Chin
SHARN WORDLEY (NZL), Sky Group & Sharn Wordley: 0/62.81

3. I AM NALA, 2005 CDLS mare by Tlaloc M x Cassini I
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Two Swans Farm: 0/63.95

4. INDIGO, 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Indoctro x AEA Dutch Lorel
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Farm Inc: 0/66.10

5. BACHELOR 4, 2002 Rheinländer gelding by Baloubet Du Rouet x Grosso Z
FREDDIE VAZQUEX (PUR), Messenger Hill: 0/67.56

6. SHAKIRA Z, 2007 Zangersheide mare by Sandro Boy x Cruyff
PETER WYLDE (USA), Beechwood Stables, LLC: 0/69.13

7. PALOMA, 2006 Holsteiner mare by Canaletto S x Henzo De La Brasserie
PETER WYLDE (USA), Kathleen Kamine: 0/70.44

8. BELMONT, 2001 Canadian Warmblood gelding by Ahorn x LANDFRIESE II
ALISE OKEN (USA), Hi Hopes Farm, LLC: 0/70.49

9. BARLANDO, 2006 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Orlando x Baloubet Du Rouet
CHRIS EWANOUSKI (USA), Erin Walker: 0/70.59

10. ECKHAM VAN HET STEENTJE, 2004 BWP gelding by Berlin x Kannan
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock, LLC: 0/74.04

11. REUS DE LA NUTRIA, 2005 Selle Francais mare by Zandor Z x Kannan
CELSO ARIANI (BRA), Fam. Romero: 0/74.70

12. DONNA KHF, 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare by Emilion x Ohio VD Padenborre
CHIRS EWANOUSKI (USA), Kilneny Hill Farm, LLC & Katy Hinkley: 0/77.24


Source: Liza Goodlett for TIEC